Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) called on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline following the State Department’s fifth environmental review of the project:
“There is absolutely no reason for President Obama to slow-walk this any longer,” Coats said. “The State Department report reaffirms prior studies that concluded the Keystone XL pipeline does not present any significant environmental risks. The president should accept these findings and authorize the final leg of the Keystone project so Americans can benefit from the pipeline’s job opportunities and increased access to energy.”
The $5.3 billion, privately-funded Keystone XL pipeline is the largest, ready-to-build infrastructure project in the United States. The complete route of the pipeline will run from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The pipeline would transport an additional 830,000 barrels of oil per day to U.S. refineries, which includes 100,000 barrels a day from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.
The results of today’s environmental impact study are comparable to results of a similar study by the State Department last March.
Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement today after the State Department issued a final environmental study of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
“I support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline because of its potential to improve our energy security and create jobs. I will keep pushing for the approval of this pipeline because it is in our economic and national security interests.”